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Suzanne Stone Finney, in her own home in Mountain Lakes, N.J., plans “to go out feet first when the time comes!” Her son comes out from NYC every other weekend to help; both daughters are in the Carolinas with their families. Sue loves to reminisce about all the fun times we had in North Hall junior year. Allyne “Rusty” Seaman Portmann spent almost three months on her island in Ontario, Calif. It’s been in her family over 100 years, and she still hunts duck and geese there in the fall! Rusty will be in Marco Island, Fla., this March and encourages any classmates who are down that way to look her up. Agnes Miller Smith was able to renew contact with Harry Hilton, husband of the late Joan Lane. “We’ve had some good times together,” Agnes notes. Margaret “Unk” Hotaling Miller sang


the praises of the Libbey House gang from freshman year, who attended our 65th reunion. She said Reunion was “mar- velous.” Unk lives in Naples, Fla., where she meets Donna Hornsby Montgomery for lunch often. Donna couldn’t make Reunion because of family graduations. Unk has finally gave up golf, but still rings bells in the bell choir at her church. Jean Schermerhorn Watson has two devoted children and an adopted Chinese granddaughter who is a high school sen- ior. Jean recently moved to an apartment in Hanover, N.H., where she has lived for 35 years. Husband Hugh, an educator and school superintendent, passed away 11 years ago. We extend condolences to Marjorie Driver McCleary, who lost her husband two years ago and her pet Pomeranian this past fall. “Life is very quiet these days,” she says. Marje was my roommate in Wilmarth freshman year and I was glad to hear from her again. The Rachlin family and its subsidiaries


are all doing well. I, too, was sad to have missed Reunion due to illness. Maybe we can get together in Saratoga again this year for “ole time’s sake.” GRETCHEN EISNER RACHLIN 115 RAYMOND AVE. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ 07079-2339 973-763-6167 FAX: 973-762-3468 GRETCHEN@GOODPILOT.COM


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Addie Hodgman Marx cruised up the Mississippi River to Memphis,


Tenn., in June with friends she hadn’t seen in five years. She and her black Lab, Shadow, enjoyed the summer at her lake- side home in the Massachusetts Berkshires.


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Addie plays bridge three times a week and vol- unteers in her com- munity. She helps feed 80 people once a month at a soup kitchen near her home in Cheshire, Conn.


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Another Cheshire resident, Marge Jones Hammer, is now living with her son and daughter-in-law. Although she requires a walker and transport chair to get around, she visits the local senior center to play Scrabble every week. This past summer, Marge traveled to Gloucester, Mass., and Cumberland Foreside, Maine, to see friends and relatives and feasts on fried clams and lobster. Ned and Phyllis Dye Turner sold their country house in Terre Haute, Ind., as they no longer have to accommodate horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures. Now in a smaller residence there, they enjoy spending time with a great-grand- son. Phyllis volunteers for the Swope Art Museum and the Central Indiana Girl Scouts. She walks and plays bridge several times a week. Phyllis is busy planning a family reunion in North Carolina this September.


Frederick, Md., resident Dorinne Shutter Armstrong celebrated her birth- day with her two sisters this past May. In June, she hosted an artist during the weeklong Easels in Frederick plein air art festival, which draws artists from all over the U.S. Dorinne, who recently won a short-story contest sponsored by Frederick magazine, attends classes at a local col- lege.


Joan Fredericks Whetstone was in Park


City, Utah, for a grandson’s high school graduation last spring and traveled to California to visit family in September. Retirement is enjoyable for Joyce


Watkins Bates, who lives at Hillside, a continuing-care community in McMinnville, Ore. Her children, who live in California, Indiana, and Ohio, visit as often as they can. She says that two hip replacements, a pacemaker, and other helpers “keep her going.” It sounds like they do: She managed to travel to Norway, China, Alaska, and Hawaii for a week last year. Joyce’s hus- band, Herman, passed away three years ago.


Joan Whiting Lenci followed the Mississippi River on a road trip last year, stopping in Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans, La., and Vicksburg, Va. She sends her love to all ’49ers.


Georganne Hinchliff Eggers and her husband are “alive and well.” They stay very busy for folks “with bodies this age.” Marjorie Fee Neff and Charlie are also doing fine. After changing doctors, Charlie is feeling better and Marjie’s eyes have improved since last year. She spent a week with family members in Edisto Beach, S.C., last year. Her grandsons, both U.S. Navy servicemen, have returned home from the Middle East. She contin- ues to help daughter Debbie Neff Lynch ’77, who runs the medical claims business that Marjie founded in 1959. She has been in touch with Dorri Higgons Popenoe and Murray Bailey and reports that both are well. Lois Smith Klauder in Durham, N.C., enjoys activities available at her continu- ing-care community, where she also vol- unteers, as well as those offered by nearby Duke University, which include concerts, museums, plays, and sporting events. She celebrated her 85th birthday at a wonder- ful party with 24 family members, includ- ing four great-grands. She still keeps in touch with eight nursing majors from our class. Betti Detrick Williams and husband


Don continue to exhibit at art shows. The couple has six grandchildren and five great-grands. They live in Connecticut near one of their sons; another son resides in Connecticut, and their daughter lives in Maine. Phyllis Harder Reininger and Dick sold


their home of 57 years. They have four sons and a daughter, whom Dick calls the “four kings and a queen,” nine grandchil- dren, and two great-grands. Phyllis says she thinks of classmates often. Betsy Bell Condron stays busy volun- teering with several community action groups, playing bridge, attending a book club, and visiting family. She welcomed two great-grandchildren last year. Betsy spoke with Judy Sturtevant Harris recently and reports that Judy and her husband are doing well. Betsy, who resides in Kingston, Pa., half of the year and winters in Marco Island, Fla., sends hugs to all. Helen Buch Thorpe took a Mediter- ranean cruise last year, stopping in Barcelona, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey. Claire Schriber Pittman survived another hurricane season in Vero Beach, Fla., last year. She urges classmates in the area to look her up. Whitestone, Va., resident Jane Ballin Hughes visited her son’s family in Burbank, Calif., this past fall and enjoyed a visit to the Monterey Aquarium. She


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